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  1. Leslie Knope and me


    February 18, 2016 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    For the past year, I’ve felt a lot like Leslie Knope, post-Harvest Festival. I’d like to assume you all watched …
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  2. Come to the Moth tonight, and bring some mittens, too

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    December 29, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I’ve been involved with Moth StorySLAM events at Headliners Music Hall for about four years, and one thing that’s kept me around is the sense of community among the storytellers and attendees. There are the folks I can always count on seeing on the last Tuesday of every month, the newbies who leave gushing about how much fun they’ve had, and the storytellers who impress me with their honesty and bravery to tell their own stories to a room full of strangers.

  3. A few things to remember before Christmas

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    December 22, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    *dusts off blog*

    *cracks knuckles*

    *girds loins*

    Christmas is less than 72 hours away. Like most of you guys, I’m trying to fit in last-minute shopping, baking and a little bit of blogging, too. There’s no time for dilly-dally, so let’s dive into a few items to keep in mind as we wait for Santa to arrive.

  4. Guest Post: Support the Food Literacy Project in Brackets for Good fundraiser

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    March 11, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I’ll never forget that moment. The Food Literacy Project had just blown past its goal of meeting a $5,000 challenge grant from Kosair Charities after a raucous 20-minute reverse auction during our major fundraising event last September, the Field-to-Fork Dinner.

    In retrospect, it wasn’t surprising. We’d had the Mayor speak, shown an incredibly impactful short video of our work with area children, and had a young man who’d participated the last two years say a few words about his experience to a packed room of 150 generous foodies. Then, as I struggled to keep up with calling out the flood of bid cards during the auction, Malcolm ran all around the room pointing out other cards I hadn’t noticed and earnestly thanking these generous donors for their support. When we learned that we’d raised more than $20,000, I made a beeline straight to him and his mother to say that he should be very proud of the role he played ensuring that his experience will be available to thousands of kids next year and into the future.

    The Food Literacy Project does great work improving the lives of kids in our city by teaching them about fresh food, how to cook and eat it, and the benefits of getting your hands dirty growing it.

    As you may have heard in a recent WFPL news story, the pilot year of the Farm to Family initiative at Hazelwood and Wellington Elementary Schools (made possible through a partnership with KentuckyOne Health, the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, and Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health) is showing promising results. Our intervention nearly doubled the number of kids who reported eating five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, from 23% to 41%. We also increased the number of kids who have eaten a vegetable they grew themselves from 59% to 91% and who know a healthy recipe from 63% to 93%. These are staggeringly successful numbers that are undoubtedly changing the lives of children and their families in our great city. More importantly, we’re empowering a new generation of kids, like Malcolm, by giving them a skill set that goes far beyond growing vegetables and cooking them.

    Brackets for Good is a fun new fundraising competition in its first year in Louisville. It started when a group of people in Indianapolis realized they knew only a few non-profits to which they could donate. They decided to play on their city’s love of basketball and created a unique way for deserving programs to “compete” to raise funds, while also making it easy to learn about organizations doing good work in the area.

    (Donors visit the Louisville Brackets for Good page, select the organization they want to support, and enter a points/dollar value for a donation. The winning organization receives an extra $10,000.)

    The Food Literacy Project is honored to have been selected to participate in this year’s event. Even though we’re a lot smaller than some of the other organizations taking part, we’re confident that the more people hear about us, the more they want to support what we do.

    So we’re planning to win the whole thing.

    As a sign of our confidence, the Board of Directors has committed to dropping a $1,000 money bomb on the first day of round three of the tournament, which is this Saturday, March 14. But we need your help more than ever to make sure we win the second round. Please consider going to the Brackets for Good website to learn more about us and the other fine organizations taking part. Also please take a moment to “like” us on Facebook and to follow us on Twitter and Instagram so you can know about all the ways we’re inspiring a new generation to build healthy relationships with food, farming, and the land.

    As for that moment I’ll never forget, it was the look of pride and achievement on Malcolm’s face when he realized what he’d helped accomplish. We at the Food Literacy Project are fond of saying that while we grow vegetables on the farm, it’s thoughtful, intelligent, caring, (and, yes) healthy kids like Malcolm that are the real fruits of our labor.

  5. Bits and Pieces: City Cafe, Panda Express and other Louisville food news from the web, 11.14.12

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    November 14, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson


    • The Pub at Fourth Street Live closed this week amid legal action with the district’s developer, The Cordish Cos. (Business First of Louisville)
    • City Cafe is closing its location in Mid City Mall next to Baxter Avenue Filmworks. The remaining two locations on West Broadway and South Preston Street (in the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center) will stay open. (City Cafe Facebook page)



    • Dollar General has applied for malt liquor and beer licenses for its Louisville locations. I love a deal, but this sounds no good for the community. (WDRB)




  6. Foxhollow Farm’s 5th Annual Fall Festival takes place this weekend

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    October 11, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Farms warm this suburban woman’s heart.

    I love visiting farms. I get to see the origins of the foods that end up in my belly. It’s like a grown-up field trip.

    This weekend, Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood will have its fifth annual Fall Festival. The event includes games, live bluegrass music, pick-your-own pumpkin, hay rides, and food from the following businesses:

      • Wiltshire
      • Rye
      • Grind
      • Gelato Gilberto
      • Cellar Door Chocolates
      • Ears What’s Poppin’ Popcorn
      • Heine Brothers Coffee


    Foxhollow 5th Annual Fall Festival, 8905 Highway 329, Crestwood, Ky.

    Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. — 6 p.m.

    Cost: $5/car for parking

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  7. Louisville food trucks gathering for two events this month


    October 11, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Remember when there were, like, no food trucks in town?

    There are at least a dozen food trucks with offerings span the food spectrum. And the good news is they play nice and have events together.

    Here are a couple of food truck round-ups taking place this month during which you can sample a variety of Louisville’s best food from the side of a truck.

    • DisTRUCKtion at Apocalypse Brew Works: Lil Cheezers, Holy Molé, Grind, Bluegrass Brick Oven Pizza, French Indo-Canada and Annie May’s Sweet Cafe will each create a new dish just for this event.
      • When: Friday, Oct. 19, 5 — 10 p.m.
      • Where: Apocalypse Brew Works, 1612 Mellwood Ave., Louisville
      • Cost: Free admission
      • For more information: Facebook event page
    • Trucktober Fest: A two-day event featuring food trucks, a battle of the bands, trick-or-treating for kids, and a costume contest
      • When: Friday, Oct. 26, 5 — 11 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. — 11 p.m.
      • Where: Iroquois Park, 5216 New Cut Road, Louisville
      • Cost: Free admission with a canned good for Southwest Ministries
      • For more information: Facebook event page
  8. Don’t waste a failed bread recipe. Transform it in these 4 ways.


    October 5, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    It’s easy to save a little money if you are willing to look at something with new eyes. Take, for …
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  9. Bourbon Barrel Foods profiled on foodie website The Kitchn

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    February 9, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    A local food company got a nice profile on one of my favorite websites. The Kitchn, a great blog for …
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  10. Bacon, lime and other popcorn innovations – which would you choose?

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    January 24, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Take a look at the creation I spotted at my friendly neighborhood Kroger. Bacon has entered the popcorn arena. By …
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